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Post-race press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.1

Finally, back to you Nico. Your father Keke, of course, a grand prix winner and a world champion. What are you going to say on the phone to your dad tonight?

Nico Rosberg:
We'll see. Hopefully he's very happy too and I look forward to speaking to him.



Press conference


Q:
Nico, a bit of a packed weekend for you, what with setting records with Mercedes, your first pole, your first win etc. It's all come at once!

Nico Rosberg:
Yeah, I know. It's been the perfect weekend. Everything's gone [well]. It couldn't be better. Very happy. It was a great race. It was impressive to see really how we've managed to progress so quickly. We've really had some difficult times in the races, the first two, but we've made a lot of changes, worked hard at it and all of a sudden it's come good. That's been fantastic to see today. I'm just so happy for all of us and I really look forward now to spending some time with the team later on.

Q:
Was everything perfect in the car as well, throughout the race?

Nico Rosberg:
Perfect? Well, it's never perfect but it definitely felt very good out there.

Q:
You didn't seem to have any problems. It seemed to be a trouble-free race for you.

Nico Rosberg:
It's never easy, especially taking care of the tyres was a big difficulty and a big challenger today because there was a lot of tyre wear, but it worked out well.

Q:
Yesterday you gave the impression that, OK, you're on pole but it was going to be a lot more difficult to win the race – but you won it, it didn't seem to be that much more difficult.

Nico Rosberg:
Of course I was a bit careful yesterday because yes, we were on pole but we've seen good qualifying performances all along this year and we've had more difficulties on high fuel in the race, so I wasn't really sure what to expect – but fantastic outcome.

Q:
And the tyre strategy, you were happy with that as well, rather than a three-stop?

Nico Rosberg:
I think we got it all right today, even tyre strategy. Everybody in the team did a great job, all the different people, my engineers at the start, the strategy, this and that – everything came together.

Q:
What you did miss was an incredible battle going on behind you…

Nico Rosberg:
I was aware of a bit of that because every lap the name changed of the person behind me – I said 'what's going on back there?'

Q:
Jenson, you must love that little DRS thing, that was great, picking them off one after the other.

Jenson Button:
Yeah, but we made it a little bit harder for ourselves in the last stint with a long pit stop – but hey, these things happen, and the first two were very good. A great race, we went for a three-stop strategy, which was different to a lot of people, it was good fun, even with the problem we had, and the possibility that we could maybe have chased down this guy [Nico]. Even though we didn't have that possibility it was still a great race. I'm very happy to come away with second. I can't remember how many cars I overtook during the race but it was a good fight and most of it was very, very clean, which is good to see. I think we put on a great show for all the viewers and especially all the fans here in Shanghai.

Q:
Your race was a little bit easier than Lewis'. Lewis had a little bit of a tougher time I think.

Jenson Button:
Ah, I don't know. I think when you're in front for the first few laps it always makes it easier. You're dropping the traffic better. Everything was going to plan, I knew I'd have traffic and we were picking them off nicely up to the second pit stop. But after the last stop it was a lot more difficult. Kimi was leading a train of about eight cars and everyone was DRS-ing at the same time, so, until Sebastian had a go at Kimi, I couldn't have a go at Sebastian. It was good fun. Overtaking Sebastian was probably the most fun move of the race, down into the hairpin. Or maybe Grosjean, when I took him before the actual back straight, through the right-hander, that was quite nice as well.

Q:
A lot of satisfaction from that I can imagine.

Jenson Button:
Yeah.

Q:
Lewis, I know it's another third place, but you had a great race out there, a lot of people to overtake.

Lewis Hamilton:




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15.04.2012 - Race, winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03 is celebrating his victory
15.04.2012 - Race, winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03 is celebrating his victory
15.04.2012 - Race, winner Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03 is celebrating his victory

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